A well known face from the world of commercials, Gaurav Kothari, is making his bollywood debut with ‘6-5=2’, a horror movie all set to release on November 14. Gaurav has done acted in advertisements for Reliance, Mangoes, Chevrolet car and Coke. ‘6-5=2’ is a Hindi remake of a Kannada movie which was well received. In an email interview with www.newindianexpress.com, he tells us how he jumped into bollywood and his inspirations.
You have been face of many commercials; did you have films in your mind?
Well yes, from the beginning itself I wanted to do films. From childhood it was my dream to become a big screen actor, but my friends and few casting directors told me that I can do wonders in commercials and hence I started following what they said. I eventually succeeded in getting commercials in my kitty and now my dream of being a silver screen actor has also come true with ‘6-5=2’.
How did you get this role?
It was just my hard work and my contacts that I built for years together. I got to know about auditions for the film. I went and gave it my best shot. There were nearly 300 or 400 people who auditioned, but finally I bagged the role of Harsh Lulla in the film.
What do you think is the best thing about doing commercials?
The best part about doing ads is you get more experience and exposure. You also get to experiment a lot with the different looks and meet new people. Ads are not monotonous; you have different concepts, different team, new locations so there is much wider scope to explore. Where as in films and serials, things become monotonous after a point of time.
The original movie received a very good response; how well do you think the Hindi version will do?
Yes, in Kannada the film did wonders and I am sure that Hindi version is no less. It is a real film, based on true friendship. It does not have any song or commercial masala in it. We all believed in the script and gave our best.
A memory from your first movie.
Being my first film, everyday spent on the set is a memory for me. ‘6-5=2’ will always be special to me. I made friends here who are now more like a family, the film brought us together and because of this I actually got to know the meaning of true friendship.
Did you try getting into Bollywood before or were you waiting for the opportunity to come your way?
It was my dream to enter Bollywood. I did get few offers during the course of time, but nothing really fascinated me. It was when I heard the script of 6-5=2 that I got completely blown away and decided to be a part of it and was lucky enough to get it.
The movie is based on trekking, how often do you go for trekking in real life?
I had never done trekking before 6-5=2. But I started enjoying trekking during the course of the film. Post my shoot I grabbed all my friends and went for trekking.
Director Bharat Jain is also making his directorial debut with this movie, how is your relationship with him?
My relationship with Bharat ji is more like a family. I share a different comfort zone with him which is why I could also give my 100 percent to the film. I take him as my elder brother and mentor.
Which is your favourite horror movie?
Hollywood horror movies like Insidious and the Conjuring have created an extraordinary impact, where do you think Bollywood stands when compared to Hollywood?
For me, I feel my film is film to watch out for. It’s a different genre and it’s made in such a way that somewhere down the line it does match the Hollywood standards.
You have worked with many celebrities including Akshay Kumar, SRK, Virat Kohli in ads, if given a chance, who would you like to work with in films?
One person whom I have recently become a fan of is Ranveer Singh, I am so looking forward to working with him. His energy is just unmatchable. Besides Ranveer, I would like to work with cult actors like Irfan Khan, Naseeruddin Shah. They are the ‘baaps’ of acting.
What next? How many films do you have in your hand?
I am waiting for the film to release and for people to see my work. I do have two projects in the pipeline but right now it’s too early to spill the beans.